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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 460 4GB Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 79% 61%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 65% 48%
Watch Dogs Legion 74% 56%
Genshin Impact 80% 62%
FIFA 21 9% 18%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 83% 65%
eFootball PES 2021 9% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 59% 43%
Marvel's Avengers 71% 54%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 158% 132%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB.

The RX 460 has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 380, but the R9 380 has 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the RX 460. As a result, the R9 380 exhibits a 48.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the RX 460. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The RX 460 has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 380, but the R9 380 has 16 more Render Output Units than the RX 460. As a result, the R9 380 exhibits a 14 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the RX 460. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 460 was released over a year more recently than the R9 380, and so the RX 460 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 380.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon RX 460 4GB and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R9 380 has 188.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 460, which means that the memory performance of the R9 380 is massively better than the RX 460.

The Radeon RX 460 4GB has 896 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 460 is 1075 and the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493. The R9 380 having 418 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 380 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX 460.

The RX 460 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 380. This means that the RX 460 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 380.

The Radeon RX 460 4GB requires 75 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the RX 460 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380. The R9 380 requires 115 Watts more than the RX 460 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 380 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 460.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1090 MHzvs980 MHz
Boost Clock1200 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Baffin XTGCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date08 Aug 2016vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
8
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8.4
2560x1440
5.7
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6.2
3840x2160
3.7
vs green tick
4.6

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs4096 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1475 MHz
Memory Bus-vs256 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs188.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units896vs1792
Actual Shader Performance52%vs72%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs112
Texture Rate61 GTexel/svs109.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate17.4 GPixel/svs31.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x2880vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs190 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 23 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD FX-6100vsIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 460 4GB is an Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the 4th Generation of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Baffin XT which has 14 Compute Units activated and thus 896 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 75W, it requires at least a 350W PSU and relies entirely on the PCI Slot for Power, meaning no Extra Connectors are required.

Performance
This graphics card was designed and marketed towards the competitive MOBO gamers. A light weight, small form factor GPU solution that offers mobility, so that gamers travelling to events can bring a smaller cheaper gaming rig. The Radeon RX 460 4GB can play most modern games at medium graphics selection on a 1600p screen res and expect around 45+FPS

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 460 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Performance Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Performance Radeon R9 380, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 980MHz, instead of 970MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1475MHz, instead of 1375MHz.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB: a gimmick which doesn't yield any performance boost and can be considered marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.


Cooling Solution
PCS-Professional Cooling System: The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
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